Woman copes with trauma with random acts of kindness - WNEM TV 5

Woman copes with trauma with random acts of kindness

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A Mid-Michigan woman battled depression and anger for years after her father was murdered. But now Reality Edwards has found a way to cope with the trauma, by doing what her father did when he was alive, make people happy.

 “It helps me, even though I’m helping people every day. They’re actually helping me because I know how it feels to go out in the world every day and just fake it.”

In her spare time, Edwards sets up shop in a random area, to do random acts of kindness.

“That is one thing that everyone can understand. It’s just kind, how can you be mean?”

Today, it was at the pavilion at U-of-M-Flint. She gave out free hugs to whoever needs one.

Jesse Hurse says it’s the last thing he expected when he sat down for lunch, a free hug to go along with his meal.

”Showing genuine care, concern for the next man or the next woman,” said Hurse.

In a span of about fifteen minutes Edwards hugged a few dozen strangers, all of them willing to accept her kindness.

For Edwards, and this random act of kindness, there is no monetary gain, but there is one cost.

“Pay it forward.”

If you’ve been the lucky recipient of one of Edwards hugs, tweet about it, or post it on Facebook using the hashtag #HugsforHappiness.

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